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  • Series: Banjo
  • Sheet music: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634060430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634060434
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Looks like this will be a great book to learn with.
dobrogirl
If you are an aspiring banjo picker I highly recommend this book and CD.
Wallaby Pete
The book is well written and has a lot of information in it.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Wallaby Pete on November 15, 2009
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Having always wanted to play a banjo and convinced by a recent birthday that life is short; I took a leap of faith and purchased a rather expensive banjo. Knowing the pressure was on to make some quick progress in order to justify the expense to my wife, I purchased several banjo instructional books. By far the most useful has been this Earl Scruggs book with CD. The text walks you very slowly and methodically through an increasingly difficult progression of skills and the audio is indispensible, providing the nuance of Scruggs' sound that I wouldn't have been able to pick up on from the printed tab alone. The audio is in Scruggs's own voice from an LP record from many years back which adds a lot of nostalgia to the practice sessions. With this book and CD learning the banjo has been as fun as I thought it would be. If I was relying on the other books I purchased I am afraid I would be very frustrated at this point. If you are an aspiring banjo picker I highly recommend this book and CD. I am convinced that anyone who invests the time and takes each lesson slowly can become an accomplished banjo picker with this book and CD. $30 is a small investment for the musical skills you will develop.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matt B. on October 4, 2012
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This book is not for beginners. If you are new to banjo or new to bluegrass music in general, I would recommend an easier book like those written by Wayne Erbsen or Janet Davis. This book is much better suited for someone who has played banjo for a while and has the patience to work through Earl's passages. I know everyone else loves this book and hey it is a great book if you're ready for it. But for someone new to banjo this book will intimidate you and likely discourage you. Don't jump into something too fast, try one of the other books I mentioned first. Work completely through that. Then try learning an easier Scruggs tune like Ballad of Jed Clampett (you can find tabs online). If you are able to do that song to speed, then go ahead and get this book. Otherwise, hold off. Also should point out, the CD is only for the lessons portion of the book, it does not contain any of the tunes or songs. Consequently, you'll need to purchase or download some of Earl's albums. I recommend the Essential Earl Scruggs and/or Foggy Mountain Banjo. These two albums cover about 80% of this book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Everett L. Boxdorfer on August 9, 2006
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I started to play banjo or tried to play banjo in the year

of 1969. My uncle got me this book and a record that you could get with the book. After a period of about two years I was playing 5 string banjo like Earl Scruggs, well almost. To make

this story short, this still is a great system to learn banjo.

Everett Boxdorfer
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hondo on November 1, 2011
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4 Stars. Great Tabs, and History, but somewhat dated even with revised tabulature. 4 Stars because I think there MAY BE more helpful beginner books. 5 Stars based on the fact it is EARL'S - and we ALL love Earl and his music/songs - there is some great stuff in here!!!!

This is a great book and probably considered a MUST HAVE for a banjo student. If you are SERIOUS about the banjo, you will probably want this. There are a ton of reviews for this product telling you how great it is, so I won't say too much about that.

Although updated, this book is still based on the songs and playing of Earl Scruggs, a PROFESSIONAL banjo player credited with developing this style of picking. There is a lot of things a beginner CAN learn from this book, but most of the SONGS, in my opinion, are N-O-T EASY songs to learn on or play. You will spend considerable time learning rolls before you are PICKING. Buy it if you MUST, but there ARE better beginner books, I feel, to help you get started, if you are a beginner. This book, to me, is aimed more towards intermediate pickers and the song tabs are most valuable to students who already know a few songs and are playing with at least a LITTLE experience. It does have the tabulature to many of Earl's hits, and therefore makes this a VALUABLE book. But again, you won't just jump in and start playing them.

I had already learned some beginner type rolls and a couple of songs when I got this book. At about the same time, I purchased Tony Trischka's book "20 Easy Banjo Solos." Tony's book also comes with a CD and he plays through the songs slowly and at speed. Many of the rolls and "runs" you learn early in Tony's book will be things you can build on.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bill Turner on January 2, 2006
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Earl Scruggs HAS to be the MOST imitated musician on the planet; when you consider all the 5 string banjos being made in the world, and HOW they are going to be played by the people purchasing them. Granted, some will be played in the traditional Clawhammer/Framming/Drop-Thumb styles which predated Bluegrass by several decades....but the remaining 99.99% will almost certainly be played in the 3 finger style of Earl Scruggs, the author of this nearly 40 year old book. Although many of today's modern 5 string banjoists have expanded the idiom somewhat, into the 'chromatic' or 'melodic' realm and attempt arrangements of jazz and new-age pieces adapted for the instrument...it is STILL the playing of Earl Scruggs that remains as the foundation of it all. The book is well written, well illustrated, easy to follow, and the accompanying CD (or tape) with it is a special treat with Earl himself, speaking each step of the way (in his pleasant down-home North Carolina accent)
This book and CD will get the aspiring picker up and running in a very short time, as Earl starts with the tuning, then the basic fingerpicking patterns, which in combination, and with speed added, will develop into some very good sounding music...played by YOU!
You absolutely CANNOT go wrong with this book...millions of copies have already been sold worldwide. What many people don't know, is that Earl is also an incredible fingerpicking guitarist with a style all his own. I would like to see him publish a book of his guitar stylings--I'll be the FIRST to buy a hardcover of it.
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